The Perspective of Postsocial Transit: Metamorphosis of Actions and Structures

The Perspective of Postsocial Transit:
Metamorphosis of Actions and Structures

Ignatyev V.I.

Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Professor, Department of Sociology and Mass Communications, Novosibirsk State Technical University, Russia

ID of the Article: 9799

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Ignatyev V.I. The Perspective of Postsocial Transit: Metamorphosis of Actions and Structures. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2023. No 10. P. 3-13


The hypothesis about the possibility of society transformation into a postsocial state is tested. The explication of the content of the concept of “sociality” is carried out. It is shown that the signs of intentions of the possibility of postsociality are present in the theory of symbolic interactionism and actor-network theory. The invariant of sociality is revealed. On the basis of the transdisciplinary approach, sociality is interpreted as a generic property of aggregations of homogeneous and heterogeneous agents of natural and hybrid origin to reproduce coordinated interactions. It is suggested that the potential for overcoming sociality is due to the transformation of the “actionstructure” relationship, where the virtual actor becomes the agent of action, and the technosystem takes on the function of the structure. As a result, sociality is eliminated and tends to be preserved in the form of virtual epiphenomena, and social life proceeds outside of direct contacts between agents.

social; sociality; postsociality; altersocium; posthuman transit


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